TITLE: Alternate Reality
The characters are in a coffee shop on their first sort-of date. The underwear reference has to do with some photos they took earlier in the day. The narrator, Lizzy, has amnesia and generally avoids the past. Chase will eventually help her come to terms with it.
“What’s with the camera?” I prompt before Chase turns the conversation toward me. “You in photography class or something?”
“Yup and yearbook.”
I lean forward. “Please tell me you’re going to put our underwear photos in the activities section of the yearbook.”
Chase nearly spits his coffee. “Oh man, I don’t think I could get away with it. No,” he shakes his head. “I’m keeping those for myself.”
“Oh, for your personal activities, eh?”
“Wha-? Oh! No. I didn’t mean. Well…” He looks up at the ceiling and sighs.
I laugh. “You talked straight into that one."
"You're right. I did" He smiles and scoots his coffee cup around in a small circle. "I so did."
"We’re never going to finish our coffee if we can’t stop laughing. Serious question now. Why photography?”
A whimsical look replaces his smile. “You know that feeling when you pick up an old picture? It’s like you’re transported back to a memory you’ve forgotten?”
I shake my head. "No, actually." Doesn’t he know?
“Oh,” Chase looks horrified. “Your...I forgot. I’m sorry. I didn’t think.”
I’m amazed someone could forget. I thought my amnesia was a constant source of mystery, amusement, and awkwardness on campus. “No, it’s okay. Go on.”
He studies me a moment then says, “Well, I love that. To know that I’m creating that future-feeling, preserving memories I can surprise myself with later. It’s just, yeah; it’s a passion.”
“That sounds really nice,” I admit, and I realize it kind of does.